The Quick 10: 10 Guys Who Have Rocked a Toupee

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Phil Spector shocked the world last week - not when he was found guilty of murder, but when he appeared in his prison photo without his wig. I'm linking to it instead of embedding it because I don't think you should be subjected to it unwillingly. Although Spector might be the creepiest, he's definitely not the only man in entertainment to wear a toupee or a hairpiece. Here are 10 others...

danson hair1. Ted Danson has been wearing a toupee for years and even poked fun of it in an episode of Cheers when it surfaced that Sam Malone had a little help with his lush head of hair. Danson reportedly only wears the wig for movies and T.V. shows and doesn't mind showing his thinning hair otherwise.
2. Frank Sinatra wore toupees for years, according to the man who worked on his hair for movies like The Manchurian Candidate. "He used to have some exceptionally good hairpieces," Jerry Roman said. "But later on he got very sloppy. In his last five years he went into a synthetic piece which really did not look very natural."
3. John Wayne wore a toupee since about 1948 on. But he never denied it, and in fact made a joke about it when a reported once asked him about his "phony" toupee. "It's not phony," he responded. "It's real hair. Of course, it's not mine, but it's real."

4. Humphrey Bogart wore a toupee but was never seen without it in public. His lover was a wig-maker who worked with Hollywood icons Ray Milland and Gary Cooper before she caught Bogie's eye.

5. Burt Reynolds may have been in the closet about his toupee for years, but when he filed for bankruptcy, his unsettled accounts included $121,796.62 owed to Edward Katz Hair Design. When the court documents were made public, the Katz was out of the bag, so to speak...

ali6. Howard Cosell, according to his Washington Post obituary, wore a toupee for all of his public appearances, which was revealed when Muhammad Ali lifted it off of his head while they were live on the air in the 1960s.
7. Sean Connery is obviously a dashing bald man these days, but he's actually been that way since the 007 days. Need proof? HollywoodFail has 10 of his worst hairpieces.
8. Bing Crosby wore a hairpiece for all of his movies, but in his later years, he hated wearing the toupee so much he started specifically picking out roles that had him wearing hats or nightcaps. His baldness became well-known when he decided to go toupee-less during the USO tours of WWII.

9. Jimmy Stewart started wearing a toupee in the early 1950s, but made it less obvious by making it a gray one. It wasn't uncommon for him to go without in public, though.

10. Ben Affleck may or may not wear a toupee. A rumor began circulating a few years ago that Affleck and Vince Vaughn were wrestling around at a party, you know, like boys sometimes do, and Affleck's toupee supposedly wasn't secured and flipped back in front of several Hollywood notables. He swore them all to secrecy, but it leaked anyway. He has since denied it. What do you think?

Of course, these are just the tip of the iceberg. Other suspects include Marv Albert, Errol Flynn, Donald Trump (although most people who have seen him close up think it's probably just a spectacular combover), Hank Williams, Jeremy Piven, Nicolas Cage, John Travolta, William Shatner and Mel Gibson. Are there more that belong on the list? Let us know in the comments.

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June 23, 2009 - 11:49am
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